FARGO — When everything old is new again, it can be something of an event. In this case, a series of events would be more apt.
As Fargo Antiques & Repurposed Market, which is also known as "The FARM," enters its fifth year of business, the local antique mall is branching out with events.
With more than 60 North Dakota and Minnesota vendors, each offering a wide variety of antiques, vintage collectibles, furniture, and repurposed handmade items, the market offers two outdoor flea market events annually — traditionally held on the third weekends of June and September — but the list of events is expanding to include workshops, author signings, appraisal fairs, exhibits, and other hobby-based gatherings, according to a Jan. 17 press release.
“Antique malls have a long tradition of being more than just a shopping place, but rather an experience,” said Fargo Antiques & Repurposed Market owner Kristi Bixby. "Folks who browse through the mall are continually discussing what they see. Decor and do-it-yourself inspirations, of course. But, also, our customers talk about their memories, about history, even explaining to younger generations just how that old thing worked. Our events are just extensions of those things.”
The mall will get things started with New Year's Old Beers, a week-long celebration of all things beer, Jan. 18 - 25. The celebration will feature antique and vintage beer bottles and cans, brewery mirrors and signs, beer lights and neon signs and much more. Alicia Underlee Nelson will also be on hand to sign copies of her book, "North Dakota Beer: A Heady History" from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, and 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25.
Deanna Dahlsad, a vendor who also co-hosts the Trash Or Treasure appraisal events, is excited by the expansion of events calendar.
“After 30-plus years in this business, it’s refreshing to find an antique mall that really gets what it’s all about,” Dahlsad said. “Antiquing or junking is more than a pure materialistic act; it’s about more than the objects themselves. This is about the creativity of self-expression, the preservation of history, the passion of collecting, green living, and so much more. These events are very exciting to me because they bring more opportunities to connect with our “FARM” friends, with like-minded folks.”
For a complete listing of events see farmantiques.net/events.
WHAT: Fargo Antiques & Repurposed Market
WHERE: 5258 51st Ave. S., Fargo
CONTACT: 701-356-9199 or email firstname.lastname@example.org